Probation and Parole Officers Use Technology to Catch Child Pornographer
State Probation and Parole (P&P) Officers in Hardin County recently used technology and computer software to catch a child pornographer.
During the week of Nov. 12, P&P Officer Meredith Livers, acting on a tip, went to a residence in the Eastview community where one of the offenders on her caseload was currently living. The offender, Gary L. Keith, was living at the residence without his probation and parole officer’s permission, a violation of his probation, and Keith had access to a computer at the home, another probation violation.
Keith was on probation out of Hardin Circuit Court for Distributing Matter Portraying a Sexual Performance by a minor (2 counts) and Possession of Matter Portraying a Sexual Performance by a minor. Livers was assisted by Probation and Parole Sex Offender Supervision Officer Harley Allen.
Livers and Allen obtained consent to search the computer at the residence. Utilizing computer search software, the officers located several pornographic images depicting the sexual performance of minors. Detective Tim Marcum of the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office assisted and a search warrant was obtained to search the entire residence.
“This is an excellent example of 21st Century probation and parole supervision,” said Corrections Commissioner John D. Rees. “We have trained our staff with the latest technological tools and they have successfully used them in this instance to ensure this offender with a history of child pornography is back in custody.”
Keith was arrested and lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center. He was charged with Possession of Matter Portraying a Sexual Performance by a Minor. A motion to revoke his current probated case is pending.